In this feature series, “What Does Your Acupuncturist Eat?”, acupuncturist Kelsey peaks into the refrigerators of our YinOva team to get a glimpse of what they eat.
Kymberly Kelly opens up her refrigerator doors and chats about being a former “junk-food junkie” gone clean-eating enthusiast.
Whether you’ve had a difficult pregnancy or glided through the last nine months, when the due date comes…you’re ready to see baby.Here are some recommendations for prenatal yoga sequences to be done right at the end of your pregnancy. In this way they can help you prepare for labor and even speed things along. They’re particularly useful if you’ve gone past your due date. Remember, yoga is a personal practice that brings us closer to understanding ourselves and our bodies, so if anything doesn’t feel good, stop and if something feels great, keep going! Also, always remember to take a moment to focus on your breathing and to warm up beforehand. (more…)
My excitement for participating in the annual YinOva cleanse disappeared by day two. I live a healthy lifestyle, cooking most of my meals, practicing yoga daily ,and reading wellness journals for fun. As someone who understands the value of cleansing and caring for your body, a ten day cleanse shouldn’t have been too hard. But it was.
When I tried restricting my diet the old habits and anxieties that once consumed my thoughts came back. While revisiting a past mentality was overwhelming, it has also shown me how far I’ve come.
I started “playing” with food in middle school. Challenging myself to wait to eat; throwing my meal in the trash half way through; choosing “diet” or “fat-free” options; picking everything off my salads. I seesawed between restricting myself and over-indulging. By high school bingeing and purging had become a habit.
My senior year of high school I worked with a counselor named Bobbi. Instead of saying I had an eating disorder, we said, “Kelsey has anxiety towards food.” Bobbie gave me two pieces of wisdom, among other things of course, that changed my relationship with food and my body:
Instead of thinking about what’s wrong with your body think about everything it does for you.
When I looked in the mirror (always from the side) I would sometimes feel as thin as paper and other times feel too big to leave the house. We tried to stop that. Instead I would say, “My body allows me to the walk the hallways of school, dance on stage, play tennis, kiss boys, go to the beach, and drive.”
Take the energy you have towards food and channel it into something healthy.
An alcoholic can stop drinking, but someone with an eating disorder can’t stop eating. Not thinking about food wasn’t realistic, but putting a positive twist on it was. I began looking up recipes, going grocery shopping and learning to cook. My energy towards food found a purpose and thinking about eating became fun.
It wasn’t easy. It got worst before it better. It resurfaced during stressful times in college. But, doing the work to find a healthy relationship with food is the best investment I’ve made in myself.
Food is still a huge part of my life, but now it brings me joy. Experimenting with new recipes and ingredients is a hobby, and learning about nutrition and understanding how to nourish my body empowers me. I’m connected with my body’s needs and I believe I function best with many small meals through out the day that are high in protein and made with “real food.”
So the ten-day cleanse wasn’t for me. Eliminating eggs, cheese, quinoa, beer, nuts, meat, coffee and spontaneous offers of free baked goods made me feel deprived, tired and anxious. While technically I failed at cleansing because I didn’t finish, I’m proud to say that the days I participated showed me I no longer view food as something that should be restricted. I’m happy to be knowledgeable, thoughtful, and invested in my health. Some look to the cleanse for nutritional guidance, however, through the cleanse, I discovered that I already had the guidance that I needed and so this year’s cleanse taught me a very different lesson.
While Western doctors have begun to accept the benefits of complimentary care in regards to fertility enhancement, many view the use of Yoga for Fertility solely as a stress reliever. I sat down with celebrity yoga instructor Kristin McGee, who was kind enough to share how yoga helps relieve stress as well as other benefits yoga can bring to the fertility journey.
KT: Women have been raised to believe that bearing a child should be a natural process, but for many it is not the case. The dissonance created can lead to stress or depression. I’ve even read it can be likened to the stress of a serious illness. This is troublesome for women trying to conceive who must keep their stress levels low. Yoga helps; correct?
KM: Yoga is going to help with stress reduction because it calms the parasympathetic nervous system through the use of the ujjay breath and other breathing techniques. Scientists have found that the pre-frontal cortex of people who meditate is larger. If women can start to bring the expansiveness of a yoga practice into their lives it will help them feel less scared, rigid, tight and anxious.
Understanding and developing on the idea that a woman’s body and mind can become rigid when experiencing infertility, Kristin explains other areas where Yoga for Fertility will help on the journey towards fertility.
KT: Women undergoing an IVF or IUI treatment are advised not to engage in extreme physical exercise due to fear of irritating enlarged ovaries. Is yoga different? Can it provide a vessel for smoother activity?
KM: The gentle movement of yoga is good for women so they don’t get too stagnate. Hip opening postures bring blood flow to the pelvic floor, ovaries, uterus, and abdominal regions. It’s the same idea as acupuncture in that it’s trying to bring blood flow for stimulation. These areas need to be lose and open and flowing for life to evolve.
Connecting with Your Body
Many women experiencing infertility can disconnect from their bodies as a defense mechanism. Medical monitoring, painful injections, lack of exercise, task-driven sex, and monthly “failures” are common trails women face. Although the human psyche can only withstand so much, shouldn’t we be most connected and aware of our female form when trying to welcome new life?
As Kristin explains, “Yoga means union, uniting your mind and body through the breath will bring about a connected awareness.”
Starting with the breath, yoga brings our attention inward allowing us to feel our body sensations as we move through the postures, reconnecting us with our divine self in a place of love.
Here is a comprehensive blog written by Brenda Strong on the importance of reconnecting with your body.
KT: Women going through IVF or IUI treatment often complain about weight gain. This can be attributed to altered hormones, “comfort eating”, lack of exercise and mind-body disconnect.
KM: Yoga helps balance hormone and cortisone levels by aiding in keeping blood sugar more steady, leading us to make connected food choices. You’ll start listening to your body, not just eating out of emotional distress.
KT: The addition of hormones such as estrogen and progestin in a women’s body during an IVF or IUI cycle, can mess with their circuiting rhymes affecting their ability to fall and stay sleep. Yoga can help balance the body by releasing some bent up energy. What is your advice on this?
KM: If you’re not moving your body it’s difficult to sleep because you haven’t exerted enough energy and your body is too tight and contracted to relax enough to fall asleep.
KT: How can yoga help us beyond the physical; to open up other aspects of life like emotions or communications with others?
KM: Yoga helps build a community. It first builds that connection inside that then helps build that connection with others. It allows people to relate to others going though the same experience.
I’ll be teaching, then the next thing you know women wake up out of final relaxation and everyone is really open to conversing and sharing their stories and insights and helping each other out. The less stress and more positive you feel the more you’re able to say “Okay, I can get through this.”
This CBS News special touches on the benefits of Yoga for Fertility as an interactive “support group.”
Breathing Through Discomfort
Kristin says “You’re put in an uncomfortable poses on the yoga mat but you learn to breath though them and let go of the pain. The breath kind of massages your muscles to relax. Learning how to deal with discomfort on your mat will help you deal with discomfort off the mat. The fertility process is going to feel uncomfortable so learning to breath pass it and having confidence in your ability to get through the pain is probably one of the best lessons you have wean from a yoga practice.”
KT: Experiencing “infertility” can lead even the happiest of people into a depressed state. It has been proven that practicing yoga releases endorphins, the natural “feel good” chemical, into the body. Having positive energy flowing through the body will help the mind think more optimistically about the future. What advice do you have for those looking to turn their outlook around?
KM: “Try thinking of it as just being something your body’s not doing right now. It doesn’t mean it wouldn’t do it naturally at some point or it could just be that at this point in life you just need a little medical assistance. There is nothing wrong with that.”
**Ending exercise…Taking a “Pregnant Pause” with the Three Part Breath**
The ‘inhale’ is associated with female qualities, while the ‘exhale’ is linked to more masculine characteristics. Embracing the ‘inhale’, we calm our senses by slowing the breath and tapping into our divine femininity, leading us to find “stillness” inside. Kristen referees to this kept fullness as “the pregnant pause.”
Find a comfortable seated position with you back strait and chin parallel to the ground. Close your eyes, drawing the attention inward. Place your hands on your knees with palms open to the sky. Feeling supported by Mother Earth to your South, be receptive the gifts and grace that rains down from the North. Allow yourself to embrace this mind set as you envision the gift of a child.
Once to feel grounded and aware of your internal sensations, take three slow inhales pausing briefly after each one. As you inhale feel yourself being filled up with life.
Hold the breath for a few seconds. Remaining here full with air, feel what it would be like to be pregnant. Hold that image of a baby inside of you as you take a “pregnant pause.” Don’t rush to exhale. When you’re ready, allow the breath to gently leave the body. You may continue with this series as long as you choose.
(Adapted from Kristin McGee’s Yoga for Fertility class)
In this feature series, “What Does Your Acupuncturist Eat?”, Kelsey peaks into the refrigerators of our YinOva team to get a glimpse of what they eat.
Amanda Silver is nicknamed The YinOva “Rock Star” for a reason. Her ability to develop personal relationships with her patients, co-workers, family and self is a true testament to the “Ying-Yang” balance of her being. Her holistic approach to life translates to her diet, and is visually seen through her refrigerator.
Your refrigerator is quite full. Who’s eating all this food?
This is called having a baby (Zoe, 9 months), toddler (Zach, 3), and husband with different nutritional needs, taste preferences and schedules. Zoe is on breast milk so the bottles are hers. All the wheat, dairy and meat products are Zach’s. My husband and I are vegetarian foodies, so the over-flowing vegetables and Tupperware containers are ours. That being said, there is plenty of sharing and Zach will eat almost anything.
So even though your husband and you are vegetarians, you give Zach meat. Does he need meat as a growing boy?
You can totally raise a kid healthy on a vegetarian diet. I feel that vegetarianism is an adult choice, so I offer him all the foods. We’ll cook organic chicken, turkey or nitrate hot dogs just for him and we’ll make him sandwiches with organic cold cuts. When he grows older and sees mom and dad don’t eat that food, if he chooses to join us, that’s great, if not that’s fine. I want him to be as open as possible to all types of food and so far he’ll try everything.
We’ll be eating our dinner and without even offering him anything, he’ll say “I want that.” We find he’ll want it more if we don’t offer, so we never say, “eat this” because he won’t since he’s a toddler. We also try to make food fun. Like he loves broccoli because he thinks it’s little trees and he likes being a monster.
It’s great you’re introducing Zach to different foods at a young age because exposing kids to bitter, less traditionally pleasing tastes younger in life will make them more likely to be receptive to these food later in life. So is Zach helping your husband and you consume all those vegetables? And how do you go through them?!
We do a lot of juicing. And yes, Zach will drink the juices if I put a lot of lemon in them, so it’s like lemonade. If I add apples I can even get him to drink Kale! However, it is mainly my husband and I who juice. I usually have some hummus, crackers and a big juice for dinner because I don’t sleep as well on a full stomach. It’s good to give your digestive system a break when you sleep, like a night fast. By cutting off eating meals around eight o’clock and sticking to juices, I absorb a ton of nutrients without straining my body to digest it. I also eat so much through out the day it’s just not a big deal.
Are the many Tupperware containers a reflection of your eating through out the day?
Yeah, I’m eating all the time. I want to eat now. As a vegetarian I get my protein from many different sources rather than the “complete” protein of meat. This is one reason I eat frequently.
What does a complete protein mean?
A complete protein, such as a burger, has all the amino acids in one place; However, you don’t need them all in one place. The fact is if I eat beans, tofu, tempeh, whole grains, certain vegetables and rice all the amino acids combine to make a “complete” protein.
Did you have to change your diet when you started breast-feeding? What are some benefits of breast-feeding?
I made an effort not to change my diet. Breast milk is exactly what the baby should be eating, so you don’t have to worry about whether they’re getting the right nourishment. It’s the proper ratios of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, there are immunogubulins that help them from getting sick, it’s been shown to reduce diarrhea, and lastly, it’s a wonderful way to connect since you release oxytocin, the “love hormone”. Not so “lovely” with a pump, but I need the reserve bottles since I work.
Have you started introducing Zoe to “real” food?
I let Zoe eat everything and anything. I don’t avoid the “allergy” foods because I don’t think waiting a year makes a difference and I would rather expose her early to different flavors. The only thing I do avoid is honey.
Being health conscience can be both. It can be a very positive, all-encompassing thing when I’m into the life style of going to the farmers markets and trying new recipes. Or, if I’m very busy it’s a burden and a hassle I don’t want to roast vegetables or make a salad, I just want food. At those times, I’ll order healthy food, or hope my husband can pick up the slack. That’s what it all about, finding how it can fit into your life at different times.
What would you say to someone who wants to be actively involved in his or her diet and have a well balanced refrigerator but is concerned that time constraints may prevent it?
You make the time on the weekends. It may take an hour or two out of your day but then you don’t have to think about it. If I don’t do that then, then it doesn’t get done and it can get out of control. It’s really about making the time.
Would you say you have a positive relationship with food?
Yes, food it’s a huge part of my life and I love it. I’m a foodie! Going to restaurants and finding interesting health food is my hobby. I don’t go to bars, I don’t go clubs, I don’t even go the movies, I go to restaurants. That’s my entertainment. Yay food!
Amanda’s fridge wasn’t the only one I checked out! I also looked at Klara’s, Kymberly’s, Laura’s, Laurel’s!
As a Baby Boomer, raised in the 50’s and 60’s, Laura Scheurer witnessed a change in how families congregated for meals and the food they ate. “I grew up with TV dinners, Ring Dings, Twinkies, Captain Crunch, Fruit Loops, bologna, white bread, coke and chips,” Laura recounts. In contrast with the societal shift to processed foods, Laura’s fondest memories include cooking with her grandmother using “real food” to create wholesome meals that filled the home with comforting aromas. Today, sticking to her “whole foods” sensibility, Laura laughs that she may have “too positive a relationship with food.”
You have a nicely stocked refrigerator with quite a few tupperware containers. Is it safe to say you enjoy cooking?
I do like to cook and I love leftovers. My work schedule is such that I don’t have the time or energy to cook every night, so on the days that I can, I like to make something that will last a few meals. For storage of leftovers, I’ve switched out tupperware and plastic containers for glass jars and Pyrex in hopes of decreasing my exposure to BPA. I don’t have a microwave, so I reheat either right in the Pyrex or lightly steam heat leftovers.
I’m curious, what’s in all the containers? I think I see quinoa on the middle shelf.
You’re right that is quinoa, also brown rice, buckwheat groats and lentils. I gave up eating red meat, chicken and industrial raised meat, last year. I rely more on whole grains and plant based proteins. However, as a remnant of my meat eating days, I have congealed stock base from our Thanksgiving turkey (organic and free range) in one of those containers. All you need is a smidgen of gelatin to add great flavor to any dish.
I see a lot of green veggies in your drawers. How do you incorporate them into your diet? Do you have any favorite ways to prepare them?
I love steamed or lightly sautéed veggies of all kinds. I especially love kale, broccoli, broccoli rabe, spinach and cabbage – both red and green! Sometimes I juice a combination of spinach, kale, cucumber and celery with a little ginger for a healthy start to my morning. I feel like I’m doing good things for my body when I have a fridge full of greens, this way I can easily add them to a bowl of quinoa or I can juice them.
Well, from the looks of your fridge, you’re definitely taking care of your health. Do you shop mainly organic?
I do my best to buy as organic as possible, it’s not 100%, but probably more than 50% of my purchases. It’s very important for me to shop from the local farmers market to support organic sustainable farming practices. Organic food also tastes better to me and I feel better eating it.
Why do you stock both almond milk and regular milk? Do you use each differently? Do they offer separate health benefits?
I have 2% organic milk because I love Barry’s tea with milk and honey. For me there is no substitute for that combo when seeking the most satisfying cup of tea. I use the almond milk, or occasionally rice milk, hemp milk or coconut milk, for the Metagenics shake (Ultra-Meal 360) I have for breakfast. Although I have no problem digesting milk products, I prefer the alternative milks for my morning shakes.
I think I spot some berries on the bottom shelf. Are they a staple in your diet?
I love berries! Berries that are rich and deep in color, like red, blue, black or purple, contain phytonutrients loaded with vitamin C, antioxidants and fiber. I add them to shakes, smoothies, and yogurt treats that I make with walnuts and maple syrup – delicious!
What’s in the clear green circular container on the top left shelf?
It’s my little beauty secret, it’s called “Nourish My Eyes.” They’re refreshing soothing eye pads with cucumber and green tea extract. I tend to have a bit of Liver Fire on occasion, where my eyes are red, burning and sensitive to the light. I find these pads very soothing, but to be honest, a slice of cucumber over each eye for about 10 minutes works just as well.
What are in those pouches?
Those pouches contain powdered supplements that I add to raw juices or my morning shake. There’s organic raw Maca powder – it’s a nutrient-dense “super food” packed with nutrients known to nourish the endocrine system. Maca is used as a stress-fighting adaptogen to increase stamina, fight fatigue, and it’s also known to benefit the libido! In the other bag, I keep a stock of Hemp protein powder, a great source of plant-based protein, fiber and omega-3s. I sometimes use it in baked goods to boost the protein. Lastly, I have “Ultimate Chialife “ seeds, which are high in Omega-3- 6 & 9 fatty acids as well as fiber, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and potassium. Those same seeds are used for that popular holiday present, the Chia Pet!
That’s pretty cool – a dietary supplement and a Chia Pet all in one seed! Thank you so much for opening your personal refrigerator to us. Any last comments on your “food” philosophies?
Ain’t life grand??!! How fortunate we are to be able to have a conversation about the abundance in our refrigerators?!? Let us be kinder, let us be more generous with our fortunes, let us be more grateful for our gifts and share them without hesitation.
Laura’s fridge wasn’t the only one I checked out! I also looked at Amanda’s, Klara’s, Kymberly’s, and Laurel’s!
Laurel Axen Carroll is a woman in motion. She is a YinOva acupuncturist, certified herbalist, labor support doula, graduate level professor, personal trainer, Pilates mat instructor and avid surfer. She also owns a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school with her husband in their neighborhood of Rockaway Park, New York. Last but not least, she is the proud mother of two girls ages six and four, who just like their mother are “fearless danger seekers.”With a packed schedule and array of people to care for, one must wonder how she manages to find time to cook dinner, or even go grocery shopping for that matter. Well, in true Laurel fashion, she does it all while remaining modest to an extreme.
Thank you for welcoming me into your family’s refrigerator. Looking around, it appears you shop mainly organic. Why is that?
I try to buy mainly organic, local food to reduce the amount of pesticides and hormones my family and I consume. I’m lenient about some foods but I’m serious about produce, eggs, milk, meat and cheese being organic. I also like that organic companies are trying to reduce their carbon footprint.
You prefer organic produce, but I see a lot of frozen vegetables in the freezer. Can you explain?
I am pretty serious about eating seasonally. Currently, you can get food shipped from around the world that is “in season” but I stick to more local food for its quality and environmental thoughtfulness. This is why I cook a lot of frozen, organic, “once were in season” veggies in the winter.
How do you make sure your growing girls are getting the nutrition they need? Are they open to trying different foods?
My older daughter is very adventurous, while my younger would happily subsist on penne noodles forever. So to start, I always serve carrots and chickpeas or hummus with meals for additional protein. That being said, I try to make sure every meal has a few colors. We mainly eat meat and vegetables, and exclude grains. If we do have pasta I limit it to the earlier half of the day and make sure it’s filled with cheese, meat or spinach to avoid a ‘carb crash’. We tried the Paleo diet last year and since then have incorporated elements of it into our diet such as substituting grains with starchy vegetables. In the Fall and Winter we eat a lot of butternut squash, sweet potatoes, fingerling potatoes, and brussel spouts. We all train at the family’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school and work up healthy appetites.
You have a very thoughtful approach to maintaining a well-rounded diet. Now, I’m curious about the nitpicky details of your refrigerator. What are the seeds in the glass jar with a red lid?
Flax seeds. My husband and I usually add them to yogurt along with chia seeds and raisins. We grind them up to make them more digestible and sometimes I just swill back a mouthful. They have been shown to help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. They’re also a great source of Omega-3 essential fatty, lignans, fiber, B vitamins, and magnesium.
That’s a lot good from one seed! There appears to be some “health formulas” in your refrigerator. Are any of those for your kids? Are they willing to take them?
With a little help, yes. I use apple juice for dispensing Chinese herbal tinctures like Jia Jian Xiao Chai Hu Tang and Quiet Calm, as well as Pure Essentials B Vitamins. Our kids also eat fish oil in a gummy form of Nordic berries, while my husband and I drink Nordic Naturals Cod Liver Oil. It’s a realistic compromise. I would say that local raw honey is my #1 immune booster for the family. Since the bees pollinate from local flowers, their honey has small traces of local allergens giving a similar effect as receiving an allergy shot. Raw honey also has many antibiotic properties that prevent the formation of ulcers and certain kinds of cancer. It’s a fun, tasty way to keep the kids, and me, healthy.
It seems you’ve mastered the art of keeping healthy, happy kids! Back to the details, what is Maca Powder?
It’s my husband’s. It’s said to be a super food from the Andes that boosts testosterone and helps with fertility. Legend has it that when the conquistadors went to the Andes they were having trouble reproducing in the altitude so the locals gave them Maca and things turned around. Unfortunately, it was truly undrinkable and has been neglected.
Talking about neglected, what’s in the glass that looks like milk?
Just an abandoned glass of milk. I despise wasting food. I know the Maca Power has been neglected…
I think you can cut yourself some slack considering the depth of your food supply. I’m curious, how has being an acupuncturist changed your attitudes on nutrition?
Becoming an acupuncturist made me a lot healthier about my eating, in that I became a lot more open minded. Like a typical teenager I was a vegetarian, watching what I ate and basically surviving on raw food, nuts, brown rice and steamed broccoli. I found that I was pretty addicted to sugar and café negro. I was cold all the time and pretty moody. Now I see that I was protein deficient. Once I started acupuncture school I saw women like me with menstrual irregularities and symptoms of cold, fatigue, PMS and worrying. I learned about the traditional Chinese medicinal diet that included a lot more warm foods. I remember thinking that I couldn’t possibly eat meat ever again then being surprised when a meatball didn’t make me feel sick, but rather contently full. Now I pretty much eat everything in moderation. The only things I really avoid too much of are sugar, wheat and grains. That being said, I still eat the occasional slice of pizza at New Park Pizza in Howard Beach.
Thank you so much for inviting me into your family’s refrigerator. I really learned a lot. Before we end, do you have any last comments about your philosophies on food and its presence in your life?
I never take food for granted. I’ve traveled a lot and seen people living on very meager food supplies with very little choices. I’m very grateful to have quality foods and choices at my fingertips. We pray before we eat and I like to instill a notion of gratitude for our abundance.
Laurel’s fridge wasn’t the only one I checked out! I also looked at Amanda’s Klara’s, Kymberly’s, and Laura’s!
In this feature series, “What Does Your Acupuncturist Eat?”, Kelsey peaks into the refrigerators of our YinOva team to get a glimpse of what they eat.
As a YinOva acupuncturist, certified herbalist, labor doula, massage therapist and student of both Western and Eastern medicine, Klara Kadar understands the importance of a comprehensive, well-balanced career. This belief translates naturally to her philosophy on food. Even with a busy schedule, Klara makes time to enjoy the experience of cooking with her boyfriend. She welcomes us into her refrigerator with the same openness she extends to her patients.
Your refrigerator is so beautiful with its neatly organized shelves of colorful foods. Is it hard keeping a refrigerator stocked in the city?
YES! We try to avoid overstocking and love fresh ingredients so we must go to the grocery store about four times a week. That’s a lot, right? I think it’s worth the time for quality food since having a long shelf life probably means it’s not the best for you.
From the looks of it, the time commitment is paying off. I’m curious why you choose packaged Poland Spring Water?
Getting the packaged water is a compromise for me because I don’t like to be wasteful. We used to have a Britta filtered pitcher but I found that both my boyfriend and I were not drinking nearly enough water either because the pitcher wasn’t full or we wanted to leave some for the other person. As an experiment we bought one of these big jugs and honestly now we finally get our eight glasses a day. So we’ve stuck to it for the sake of our hydration needs.
It seems worth the compromise. Is it safe to guess you cook at home often?
We cook most nights. We both love cooking, especially together. It’s fun yet relaxing and the best way to control what we’re putting in our bodies. I also find that even with more expensive ingredients the overall cost is far less than eating or ordering out. To me dining out is for special occasions and celebrations.
What are some common meals you cook at home?
Some cooking staples are rosemary roast chicken with carrots and potatoes, quinoa stir-fry with chicken and veggies, lamb burgers with tzatziki sauce, tilapia and sautéed spinach, and roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. We can get pretty elaborate with our meals!
And it also means leftovers! I’ve got to know, what’s in the blue pot?
Its leftover Cream of Mushroom Soup. It’s my boyfriend’s favorite and a nice hearty winter soup. Oddly enough, I never liked mushrooms until I made this Julia Child’s recipe and now I eat them all the time. I suppose I just had to eat them the right way, which is a bit heavy on the butter but so very delicious!
There are some items I’m not too familiar with. What do you use the shredded coconut for?
I use it mostly for baking. It’s rich in healthy fats, fiber and it adds a nice flavor and texture to muffins, cookies and crusts. I’ll also toss a handful in a bowl of oatmeal or granola. I recently found a recipe to make your own coconut milk out of the shreddings, so I’m excited to try that!
What’s hiding behind the pickles?
Brewer’s Yeast flakes I bought for a detox regiment a few months back. They are high in proteins and B-complex and surprisingly tasty so I still sprinkle them over salads and stir-fries.
What’s “cultured milk”?
It’s a fermented dairy product that’s very cleansing to the digestive system and full of beneficial bacteria, yeast, vitamins, minerals (B12, Vit. K, Biotin) and complete proteins. There’s a lot of research on the benefits Kefir has for AIDS, chronic fatigue, cancer, sleep disorders, depression and digestion. I had cultured milk as a kid when I spent summers with family in Hungary and was really excited when Kefir emerged on the American market! I personally love the natural sour taste but you can buy flavored ones as well. I generally have some in the morning as it sets my digestion right for the day, but I’ll sneak in a few sips whenever the mood strikes.
Aside from sneaking cultured milk, do you have any other weird food cravings or obsessions?
I have many— roasted seaweed, dark chocolate, raspberries, bread and wine. Not all at once, of course! In general though, the obsession is more with cooking and trying new things. I could spend hours on TasteSpotting looking through recipes I want to try. It always keeps me excited!
Do you think being Hungarian has shaped some of your philosophies on food?
Coming from a culture that eats all parts of the animal, I was raised to never be wasteful with food. That can be challenging at times but you learn to get creative with leftovers. I feel really fortunate to have had the childhood I did. The food I ate was grown in my grandmother’s garden or bred and raised on nearby land. The hens we got our eggs from were the same ones I played with. That experience instilled within me a deep appreciation for food that I still carry with me today.
It’s great to hear about your excitement with the cooking experience. Any last comments you’d like to share about food?
Food is an essential and enjoyable part of life. Feeling guilty towards eating is far unhealthier than the food itself and takes away from the pleasure that was sought in the first place. Cultivating a healthy balance between moderation and indulgence is vital. Learning to appreciate and savor the delicacy of foods and flavors can safeguard us from overeating, and opens us up to one of life’s greatest pleasures! Lastly, to me personally, food is best enjoyed when made by your own hands or those of a loved one.
Karla’s fridge wasn’t the only one I checked out! I also looked at Amanda’s, Laura’s, Laurel’s, and Kymberly’s!
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